There are no words to describe my insatiable appetite for fresh artisan breads! If this sentence best describes you, then you must check out iBake for their wide selection of gourmet-quality breads. iBake, or 爱 (love) bake, is Singapore’s first homegrown upscale bakery cafe offering premium gourmet breads, pastries and sandwiches with French and Japanese influences. That means you get to enjoy the best of both worlds – crusty outer texture of French bread perfectly wrapped around light, airy inner texture of Japanese bread – on fine crockery. From bread bowls and sandwiches to petite breads and pastries, there is bound to be something that fits your fancy.
Like any fine meal, you always start with some warm soup. iBake serves some of the best tasting bread bowls such as the Cream of Chicken Pot Pie ($6.80) and Seafood Chowder Pot Pie ($6.80). True to their influences, both bread bowls were crisp on the outer layer, and so moist and soft on the inside. They were so good that at our first bite, we thought the breads could even do without any ingredients or spreads added to them. But don’t get me wrong, the ingredients came in big pieces, so the bread bowls were delectable and value for money.
iBake recently added a few new items into their menu that are ideal for sharing. Their signature offering, Petite Bread and Pastry Basket ($8/6 pcs, $9.90/9 pcs), comes with a selection of French Stick with Milk Cream, Petite Gruyere Cheese and three different croissants. The french stick and gruyere cheese are not usually prepared at regular bakeries, so you really should try them. They were rich in taste and so elegant to be caught eating with. The Pain Au Chocolat, Anchovy Croissant and French Croissant were really fluffy and nice, especially the Anchovy Croissant as it had hints of garlic taste so it was quite savoury.
For a sumptuous veggie-filled lunch, try the Caprese Tartine ($8.50) which has both bright crunchy and soft leafy textures. This is possible with a medley of grilled capsicums, eggplant, zucchini, olive paste, sundried tomato and garclic olive oil topped with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves. Alternatively, you can try the Tofu Avocado ($8.50) which is an assemble of pan-fried tofu, avocado, enoki mushroom, lettuce, tomato with sesame sauce. It is light but filling and so healthy.
For those who prefer meat and cheese, try the Hamburger ($12.80). It boasts a perfectly grilled homemade 100% USDA beef patty, sandwiched between two toasted artisan soft buns with leafy greens and cheddar cheese. Equally commendable is the Kurobuta Ham Camembert Cheese ($8.50) which has spicy notes of pepper corn. The pork ham and light flavoured cheese blended so well together, it even delivered an aromatic smell. We reckon you will love these!
Finally we had some pastries, Danoise a la Myrtille, or Blueberry Danish ($5.80) and Danoise a la Frambois, or Raspberry Danish ($5.80). Both flaky pastries were generously topped with sweet homemade custard cream and fresh berries that was light on the tummy. If you want something slightly heavier, try the Kouign Amann ($2.90), pronounced as Queen-A-mahn, which is a buttery French pastry containing sliced Fuji apple within layers of flaky crusts. Covered with caramelized almond, the pastry was surprising not too sweet and very delightful.
With these, if you still cannot find the time to dine in at iBake, fret not. Do your usual takeaway. You can experience the same quality of hot fresh baked breads by following simple Storage & Reheating Instructions found on their takeaway packaging. After all, iBake is all about experiencing freshly baked breads anytime at your convenience!
1 Vista Exchange Green
#02-28 The Star Vista
T: 6694 4718
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 10am – 10pm,
Sundays 8am – 10pm